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Set in Liverpool we meet Kelly (Antonia Campbell-Hughes - `Lead Balloon' TV series) who at first glance looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. She has a bit of a sexual proclivity that takes her outside what some would consider the normal social mores of coital intercourse. She is into asphyxiation. Whilst at a nightclub she meets Victor (Julian Morris - `Valkyrie' to name but one credit). They seem to have an immediate rapport and end up `getting it on'.

Well after the taboo of her `need' is out, it seems to grow and their sexploits seem to add more meaning to their lives which, aside from the odd gig with a dominatrix for Kelly, do seem to be a bit mundane. Victor though sees things going too far - the question is where will such dangerously charged sexual needs end?

To say anymore would be a plot spoiler and there is so much more to this film. It is a bit layered and some would argue subtle to the point of obscuring the real message - if indeed there is a tangible one. I felt that it was all about love, lust, real emotions and sexual needs. It plays out like a damaged poem with some of the scenes taking on the surreal to the grotesque - though not literally. Some commentators have berated the film for doing exactly what I feel it sets out to do. That being it is not meant to be a damning indictment on sexually driven desires or as a lesson to `beware', but a story albeit a very moving one about two people who try to connect on a very deep and emotional level.

Not for the easily offended or sexually squeamish, although that side is not graphic, it was never meant to be. If you like you films to push boundaries then this will probably be one you would want to see.
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on 7 November 2015
The film is set in dingy back streets with characters barely existing emotionally. However, out of this world comes a heady and deadly passion when Kelly and Victor meet, enjoy a very raw sexual encounter and try to return to their 'normal' lives.

Kelly is a feisty women who will not be the subject of her controlling ex-fiance. Her mum thinks she could re-consider her views but, as we see, he's just a thug. Victor seems to be an easy-going bloke who does not quite know where he belongs. The second encounter with Kelly, though, hurts and he cannot imagine how he could continue with a sado-masochistic relationship. She is the dominant partner.

This kind of loving, however challenging it is for Victor, becomes an important factor in his life. Kelly can love the way she wants to if her partner is sexually submissive. The fascinating journey to mutual satisfaction could have lead in several directions and that is what gives the film its raw and very sharp edge.
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on 4 March 2014
For a first movie, this is very assured. Populated by the misfits of the world, the narrative details the sad lives of two young victims of the casual neglect that is concealed by a broken society. It is all the more poignant because they were so close to reaching a resolution of their difficulties that are embedded in the caring system
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on 15 February 2014
Daring and intelligent would not be the two words I would use to describe this film. Sad and gratuitous. A young man's life is sacrifced to bizarre sexual urges. One is left at the end asking 'what on earth was that all about?'. It brought deep sadness into our lives but without offering any insight into why people should treat each other this way. I wish I had not watched it.
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on 21 April 2014
An excellent adaptation of Niall Griffith's Liverpool-set novel of an obsessive, doomed love affair between two young people drifting on the margins of society. The waif-like Antonia Campbell-Hughes is great casting as the damaged Kelly and plays the role with a perfectly judged, withdrawn otherness as she finds some kind of outlet for her life's troubles by sexually humiliating the willing Victor. Not as painfully visceral or hedonistic as the book, and perhaps not altogether psychologically convincing, but certainly strong enough meat to make for compelling, and, in the end, moving and melancholic, viewing.
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on 6 January 2015
Just average. Bad casting I felt. I couldn't quite get where we were heading in the story or even why. There needed to be more background to the narrative and less actual narrative. Or maybe I missed the point.
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on 8 September 2015
Shocking acting. Shockingly miserable. Shockingly slow paced. The only thing that wasn't shocking was the explicit scenes. My wife and I nearly died of boredom.
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on 15 June 2014
Unusual little film with an exceptional performance from Antonia but the book is way better. The film missed the books structure. Worth a watch though
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on 19 March 2014
Brilliantly filmed and deservedly won a bafta. I just wish it had received more coverage that it clearly deserves. Both leads performed admirably throughout.
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on 18 January 2015
Not bad but terrible accents
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